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SERIES: Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1904-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
6500
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
553,038
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$138,000 • PCGS MS67 • 8-11-2010 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,750 R-4.7 15 / 74 TIE 15 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 120 R-7.8 4 / 74 TIE 4 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 5 / 74 TIE 5 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

James A. Stack - Stack's 3/1975:612 - Stack's 3/1984:788 - David Akers 11/1992 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3211, $138,000 - Heritage 8/2015:4088, $91,062.50

1 MS67 PCGS grade

San Francisco Mint - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:830 - Paramount “Auction '85” 7/1985:1242 - Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:162 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4237, $92,000 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5580, $126,500

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Clarence W. Peake Collection - New Netherlands 6/1955:719 - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3634, $17,050 - Heritage 1/1999:6792, not sold - David Lawrence - Dr. Peter and Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5407, $91,062.50

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

San Francisco Mint - J.M. Clapp - John H. Clapp - Clapp Estate (1942) - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2102 - Stellar Collection - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3895,$80,500  - Heritage 9/2009:809, $74,750

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2014:5264, $58,750 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2016:2098, not sold

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

James A. Stack - Stack's 3/1975:612 - Stack's 3/1984:788 - David Akers 11/1992 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3211, $138,000 - Heritage 8/2015:4088, $91,062.50

1 MS67 PCGS grade

San Francisco Mint - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:830 - Paramount “Auction '85” 7/1985:1242 - Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:162 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4237, $92,000 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5580, $126,500

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Clarence W. Peake Collection - New Netherlands 6/1955:719 - Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3634, $17,050 - Heritage 1/1999:6792, not sold - David Lawrence - Dr. Peter and Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5407, $91,062.50

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

San Francisco Mint - J.M. Clapp - John H. Clapp - Clapp Estate (1942) - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2102 - Stellar Collection - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3895,$80,500  - Heritage 9/2009:809, $74,750

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2014:5264, $58,750 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2016:2098, not sold

6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 3/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30562, $38,187.50

6 MS65 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1904-S Half Dollar is one of the stars of the Barber Half Dollar series.  It has one of the smallest populations of certified Mint State coins.  On the other hand, it has a very large population of circulated coins, primarily because it is such a rare and in-demand date.  Mint State examples appear most frequently in MS64 and, above that, the populations drop off dramatically.  On the positive side, there are a couple of exceptional, superb examples, including the Price-Hugon PCGS MS67 that was purchased directly from the San Francisco Mint in the year of issue.  Another fabulous example is the Norweb-Shireman PCGS MS67.  The third PCGS MS67 is a colorful example formerly of the James A. Stack and Dr. Duckor Collections.


David Akers: With the exception of the 1892-O Micro O variety, the 1904-S Barber Half Dollar is by far the rarest issue of the series in terms of overall mint state rarity. In Gem condition, this issue is extremely rare...